Here are 3 ways to limit overeating, not just during the holidays but everyday:
1. Moderation
The temptation to overindulge will always exist. 1 or 2 episodes are not a crisis but continued overindulgence is the issue. This is where moderation comes into the equation. Here are some ways to practice moderation:
a) Review cooking methods – use healthy oils and healthier cooking options such as steaming instead of deep frying.
b) Eat regularly – Eat balanced meals and snacks during the day instead of starving yourself for a big meal.
c) Regulate liquid intake – This also includes alcoholic drinks as it destabilizes blood sugar levels due to its high sugar content.
2. Awareness
a) Be aware when eating – know that rich, sugary foods lead to cravings for more rich and sugary foods.
b) Shop with awareness – stick to your shopping list!
c) Be aware of food allergies – to be safe, do a food allergy test so that you will know which foods to avoid.
3. Intention
a) Exercise – Use extra time to exercise and engage in physical activity.
b) Prepare for outings – Never go to functions very hungry as this may lead to overeating.
c) Be assertive, learn to say NO! – Don’t be bullied into taking seconds or making unhealthy choices during meals.
Source: 100% Woman magazine, Issue 2, 2011